Radha is the love interest of Sri Krishna, she is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi.


Radha



Unique Attributes : Beauty, charm, dedication, loyalty
Other Names : Radhika, Radharani, Aradhana, Govida-Mohini, Vrndavaneshwari
Love Interest : Lord Krishna
Incarnation of : Goddess Lakshmi
Primary Scriptures : Brahma Vaivarta Purana, Brihad Gautamiya Tantra, Garga Samhita, Gita Govinda
Radha Gayatri Mantra : Aum Vrashbhanujaye Vidmahe Krishnapriyaye Dheemahi Tanno Radha Prachodayat

In Hindu belief Radha or Sri Radharani is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. The goddess thus is believed to be the love interest of Lord Sri Krishna as he is the avatar of Sri Hari Vishnu. Radha was accorded the status of a goddess in northern India though the consort of Sri Krishna is known to be Rukmini. In many temples of India it is goddess Radha who is depicted alongside Lord Krishna and not Rukmini. The immense love and devotion the goddess has for Sri Krishna is the reason for her being raised to a higher celestial plane. Today Radharani is worshipped like any other goddess in Indian temples along with Lord Krishna.

Lord Sri Krishna is seen by Radha as the ultimate divine being while she sees herself as the devotee of her lord. Her divine love towards the lord is symbolic with the ultimate union of a devotee with the god. Goddess Sri Radha is believed to be Lord Sri Krishna's adi (original) shakti. She is supreme among the Gopis (milkmaids) and sometimes it is suggested that the gopis were merely the maidservants of Radharani and she undoubtedly held the supreme position in the heart of Sri Krishna. The relationship between Radha and Krishna is not bound by marriage but eternal love and dedication towards each other.

In the Gita Govinda Radha is depicted as a human longing for unison with the divine. It was only after the sixteenth century that the cult of Radha-Krishna grew tremendously. Radha-Krishna have today become a single term, both having no meaning without each other. Both the figures complement each other and are rarely worshipped separately. She is particularly revered in Varsana the village where she was born and in Mathura Vrindavan where Sri Krishna is believed to have taken birth and spend his childhood years. Though Radharani is worshipped to throughout the year but it is on the occasion of Radhashtami when she was born that special celebrations are held. Radha till date is believed to be the supreme devotee of Sri Krishna whom she loved like no one else ever did.